Anirudh Kulkarni Mrs. Derrow 9 March 2010 The poem, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is one of the major landmarks of Romantic poetry. It is interesting that the author, John Keats, used Grecian instead of Greek. This suggests that the subject of the poem will be the ancient Greek classics and their culture. When Keats was writing this poem, he was struck with tuberculosis. He knew he was going to die, and this was probably the cause of his fascination with the immortality of art. In the poem, he declares how the love between the young man and the women remain forever, her beauty remains forever, and so does the melodious tunes that come from his pipe. Basically, the poem revolves around an urn and the pictures that surround the urn. The speaker calls the vase a “historian” because it keeps the information frozen in time. The speaker looks at the vase and wonders what the picture might represent. The picture that the speaker looks at is a picture of a group of men chasing a group of women. The next picture that the speaker looks at is a picture of a
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